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Politicians Make It Worse

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Politicians-WorseFor the pledge of NRA support, a candidate need only step forward at appropriate moments to decry gun-control activists as dupes or traitors, and, of course, recite on cue that guns don’t kill people, people do. (Babe Ruth hit home runs, too, but the Bambino would have been a bum without a bat. Oh, what’s the use?)

If a political hopeful doesn’t mind doublecrossing his intellect and shredding what may pass for his morality, the NRA (membership: 3.3 million) offers a pretty good deal. Hell, chances are the pol isn’t going to personally know anyone who gets snuffed by a Saturday Night Special or wasted when the full moon prompts the next whackinola to play Tet offensive at a fast-food joint. To reward candidate Joe Blow’s loyalty, NRAers rally the troops on election day and thereby keep the country safe for democracy–and the owners of AK-47s. As Abraham Lincoln said, it is quite possible to hoodwink some of the people all of the time. On this premise do the NRA and its political footmen survive and, often, flourish. (more…)

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The Biggest Danger To Americans Is…

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Danger-To-AmericansGuns. Exactly. And herein lies the heart of the matter. The attempt to repeal the assault weapons ban is really part of the overall effort of the gun lobby to chip away at gun control in general, including the Brady Law. On Feb. 28, the first anniversary of its enactment, Rep. Charles E. Schumer of New York spoke of what he termed our “anti-gun control Congress,” which, he said, is poised to reverse not only the assault weapons ban, but also the Brady Law. The latter mandates a five-day waiting period for background checks before the purchase of firearms; it is aimed at weeding out convicted felons, mentally disturbed people …

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Opposing A National Park? What?

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National-ParkNational parks in the United States are being held hostage by an armed gang–the National Rifle Association. If the NRA has its way, there will never be another national park until we give up a century-old ban on hunting in our most popular wild areas, an idea supported by some nature enthusiasts. With twice as many armed members as the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines combined, the NRA has made itself the principal roadblock to the proposed Mojave National Park in the Southern California desert, which the Sierra Club has fought to establish for the past eight years. The result is a clash of the titans of grassroots …

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